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Risking It All [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Oliver
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Product Description

Beneath bomb-filled skies, Head Radio Operator Lynne Cecil takes the safety of her RAF pilots seriously. They're England's last defense against the Luftwaffe. But too many pilots die on her watch. The top brass harass her for answers, but her team is giving their all.

Devastated by the death of his brother, Spitfire ace Billy Jenkins accepts a secret assignment to investigate the high rate of deaths. But the person who seems at fault is his old flame, Lynne. Torn between duty and love, Billy must discover if the woman he still adores is responsible for the loss of his fellow flyers.

Lynne can't afford the distraction of falling for a fighter pilot like Billy at this dangerous time. But every flight could be Billy's last. Will she settle for one night of passion or risk losing him forever?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 191 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Vintage Rose 1st edition (26 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Lucy Oliver grew up by the sea and particularly loved walking along the harbour in winter, when the streets were deserted and waves crashed against the seawalls. Now living inshore, she likes to return to those memories by writing passionate romances set against the backdrop of the English countryside. Lucy enjoys writing about characters that like all of us, have flaws, mixed in with her trademark touch of spice.

She also writes under the name Lucy Hartbury for higher heat level works, including an exciting and saucy version of Dracula.

Join her on Twitter at Writingoliver or check out her blog at

Independent reviews for Winter Storms:

'Winter Storms was a great read, and one I recommend.' Review by Reading Cafe.

'This was a lovely read, the power of the sea leapt from the pages and there was enough sizzle to keep me sailing along....Cold winds, salty air and romance - what more could I ask for?' Review from Readreviewed.

'I thought this was a lovely book with great writing and interesting characters. If you like a good angst-filled romance with a happy ending I highly recommend.' Review from WiLoveBooks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wartime drama 17 Jun. 2014
By AnnW
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The pace of this novella enhances the drama of a very dark time in our history. Lynne and Billy each have their part to play in the overall picture but their relationship is focused on the drama on station and the inexplicably high rate of lives lost. Lucy Oliver has captured the "live for the moment" atmosphere and all the heart-stopping moments that each action entails. Well-researched background wraps seamlessly around a very personal story. A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must-read. 23 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
As soon as I saw a new book by Lucy Oliver up for review, I knew I must request it, because I so enjoyed her earlier books. I knew I would love the book, and I was right.

In terms of the romantic novella, this is perfection. It has everything you could want:

Thehistorical setting is vivid and realistic. I was fascinated by the detail on the air defence, and especially the role of the head radio operator – I had no idea of the responsibility they shouldered. The darkness at the centre of the story (too many pilots die on Lynne’s watch) is compelling, and it made me wonder how true to life this part of the story is. I’ll say no more for fear of spoiling this plot element!

The story is poignant and compelling with mystery and plenty of passion and drama. Plenty! The backdrop of the war really heightens emotions and squeezes the time frame for a love affair. In a time when you knew every moment was so very precious, there was no time to mess about in love – and that feeling of urgency and intensity, mingled with fear of loss, permeates the story.
The author shapes characters whom you can’t help but feel for and admire. Billy is sublimely easy to fall in love with, given his heroic job as fighter pilot – but there are such depths to this man, who battles grief over the loss of friends and the difficult job of investigating the death rate connected to Lynne’s team. But for me, the stand-out character is Lynne herself. How wonderful to have such a capable and strong heroine for the era! And we can well understand both her reticence at falling in love in such times, and with such a man, and also the strength of her passion when she finally sets it free.

Finally, the writing style is lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short & bittersweet! 23 Feb. 2014
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Billy and Lynne's story worked really well as a novella because the extremely fast pace truly reflected the intensity of their situation. It really was life and death during this time period, and sometimes you had to grab opportunity before it slipped away, possibly forever. There's a lot of gut-wrenching emotion packed into these pages, from Lynne's anguish over the loss of so many young pilots, to her fear of never seeing her first and only love ever again. Biily is a bit of a womaniser in the flashbacks, but he's a changed man when he meets Lynne again. Both struggle to keep things from getting personal, but the dangers of war ultimately override their caution. There isn't an immediate happy ever after for them, but when the end comes, it is realistically crafted and beautifully told. Very true to the time period, and true to the entire feel of the story. Proof that a satisfying read doesn't have to be hundreds of pages long!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful short wartime romance. 16 Feb. 2014
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Charming wartime romance, well researched. It gives an insight to an area of the conflict rarely shown. I had a great deal of sympathy for the plight of the Billy and Lynne. A lovely short read that I enjoyed very much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short and sweet 16 Feb. 2014
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'Risking it All' is a truly lovely short story with a very convincing wartime atmosphere. A lot of intensity is packed into a small space, in a way which I might not have believed if it weren't for the fact that both hero and heroine know that time may be short for them. The transition which Lynne and Billy make from childhood crush to adult relationship is believable and touching, while suspense comes from the conflict stemming from Billy's concern that Lynne may be responsible for the spate of deaths at the airfield, as well as from the risk Billy runs each time his plane takes off. My only criticism is that the brevity of the story means that the uncovering of the reason behind the deaths is slightly skated over, but that's a tiny flaw in an otherwise beautiful romance which ends realistically rather than perfectly and is all the more satisfying for that.
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